5th International Frankfurt Football Summit

The fascination of football reaches and inspires millions of people around the globe. For this reason, football is a significant economic factor with enormous media coverage and corresponding growth potential. Continuing digitization and globalization are opening up new innovative marketing and business opportunities for companies.

The 5th International Frankfurt Football Summit, powered by ZEIT Publishing Group offers an international platform of exchange on current trends in the global football industry in the premium setting of Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

On the 3rd of September, this year’s IFFS brings together international decision makers from clubs, leagues and the corporate world for high-level exchange and networking. As a tradition, the IFFS starts with an informal get-together for speakers, VIPs and selected guests on the eve prior to the conference.

As an international financial center, football and sports hub, Frankfurt am Main, the City of the Euro, offers the perfect backdrop for an international jour fixe for the football business in the 21st century.

The hashtag for the event is #IFFS19.

On the eve of the conference there will be an exclusive reception at the Villa Kennedy.

Speakers (extract)

Enrique Bonilla Barrutia

Enrique Bonilla Barrutia

Enrique Bonilla Barrutia

President, Mexican Football Association

Enrique Bonilla was born in Mexico City in 1958 and studied business administration at the „Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México“ (ITAM) where he specialized in the financial market, later developing mainly in the stock market. After operating in different brokerage firms he established a financial service company and was involved in opening one oft he largest rivers in Mexico for commercial and tourist navigation. As a company owner and consultant Bonilla developed new projects in the renewal energy sector until he became Sports General Director within the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación in 2004. From 2012 – 2015 he functioned as General Director oft he Primera División de México (LIGA MX) and the Liga de Ascenso before he was announced the organisation‘s Executive President in June 2015. Today Bonilla, together with Christian Seifert (Bundesliga) and Don Garber (MLS), forms the management group of the World Leagues Forum and is an independent member of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee as well as of the CONCACAF Compensation Committee.

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Jochen Breyer

Jochen Breyer

Jochen Breyer

TV Host, »Das aktuelle Sportstudio«, ZDF

Jochen Breyer has presented »Das aktuelle Sportstudio« of ZDF since 2013. He was hosting the Champions League evenings together with Oliver Kahn and anchor of the Football World Cup 2018 at ZDF. Moreover, he has been presenting the ZDF morning magazine since 2011 and produces socio-political features.

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Thomas de Buhr

Thomas de Buhr

Thomas de Buhr

Executive Vice President, DAZN DACH

Since 01.07.2018 Thomas has headed the business of DAZN as Executive Vice President DAZN in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. His focus is on increasing brand awareness, user numbers and strategic partnerships. Prior to this, Thomas worked successfully for the tech giants Twitter and Google. He gained experience with sports broadcasts at the RTL Group.

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Eike Doerte Buergel

Eike Doerte Bürgel

Eike Doerte Bürgel

Head of IOC Program Management, Allianz SE

Eike joined the marketing division of Allianz SE in Munich in April 2010 as Global Brand Manager. In the last six years she was based in Singapore as Regional Head of Brand Management, establishing the brand & marketing function across the region. Today Eike leads the Olympic and Paralympic Program Management. Before joining Allianz, Eike, a trained goldsmith, was working as a Senior Consultant with BBDO Consulting in Munich. Eike holds a Diploma in Sport Management from the University of Bayreuth.

Fernando Carro

Fernando Carro

Fernando Carro

CEO, Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Fernando Carro is CEO at Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH since July 2018. Following his final exams at the German School in Barcelona, Carro successfully completed a training as industrial sales representative at BASF Española in Barcelona and his industrial engineer studies at Karlsruhe University in Germany. In 1993 he joined Bertelsmann AG in Gütersloh. Carro served Bertelsmann in senior management positions at the media as well as the educational section. Most recently, he led the Bertelsmann subsidiary Arvato, a service company with 70,000 employees, as chairman of the board. Alongside he represented Arvato as a member of the Bertelsmann SE board.
Fernando Carro combines the enthusiasm for football with a high-level economic expertise. His goal as CEO of Bayer 04 Leverkusen is no less than to establish this fairly known and respected club as a premium football brand, globally.

Prof. Simon Chadwick

Prof. Simon Chadwick (PhD)

Prof. Simon Chadwick (PhD)

Professor of Sports Enterprise, Salford Business School, University of Salford, Manchester

Professor Simon Chadwick is a researcher, writer, consultant, speaker and academic with almost twenty-five years experience working across global sport. He has expertise in marketing, commercial strategy, geopolitics and elite professional sport. Huffington Post identified him as being among the world’s top-30 most important sports marketers; The Independent ranked him amongst its top-10 most influential business people on Twitter; and The Times described him as Britain’s ‘guru of sport management’. Chadwick is Professor of Sports Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Sports Business at Salford University in Manchester (UK). He also Co-Directs, and is Senior Fellow of, the China Soccer Observatory (University of Nottingham, UK), and a research centre director with emlyon Business School’s Centre for the Eurasian Sport Industry (based in Shanghai, China). Simon has written countless articles, books and research reports for the likes of Sloan Management Review, the Wall Street Journal, UEFA, Mastercard and Financial Times Prentice Hall. In addition, Simon has worked with some of the biggest names in sport, such as FC Barcelona, Adidas, the Association of Tennis Professionals, Nielsen, the European Clubs Association and Ping. He is currently engaged in work examining the links between sports sponsorship and soft power; the industrial development of sports in the Gulf region; China’s quest to become a leading football nation; the phenomenon of transnational sports fandom; the role social media plays in sport; and the way equity in sports brands is built through experiential marketing.

Emma Chan

Emma Chan

Emma Chan

Associate Partner, Media and Entertainment Industries, IBM iX, Global Business Services IBM Europe

Emma Chan is an Associate Partner in IBM iX, a Global Business Design Practice. IBM iX revitalises the core of IBM clients’ businesses and realises opportunities that will define their future. She has been working to improve Customer Experience for her entire career, focusing on complex multi-channel business transformation projects. Emma currently leads a team working on Sports Transformation and Fan Engagement in the UK, and working with a number of enterprise clients on their digital engagement journeys.

Dr. Rainer Esser

Dr. Rainer Esser

Dr. Rainer Esser

Chief Executive Officer, ZEIT Publishing Group

Dr. Rainer Esser studied law in Munich, Geneva and London. He continued his studies in the United States with a Master of Law at the University of Georgia before receiving his final degree in 1986. After graduating from the German School of Journalism (Deutsche Journalistenschule) in Munich, he worked as a lawyer for various law firms. Since 1989 he also holds a PhD in International Law of the University of Regensburg. From 1989 -92 he served as Editor in Chief at Bertelsmann International in Munich and eventually joined Munich-based Spotlight Publishing House (Spotlight, écoute, ECOS and ADESSO) as Managing Director. After serving as Managing Director of Main-Post Publishing House in Würzburg in the late nineties he started his current position as CEO of DIE ZEIT in 1999. In 2011, he also took on the role as Managing Director of DvH Medien GmbH.

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Ernest Faber

Ernest Faber

Ernest Faber

Head of Academy, PSV Eindhoven

Ernest Faber is a former Dutch footballer and current coach. Faber grew up in Eindhoven and has played for PSV Eindhoven since the age of thirteen. In addition to leases with NEC, Sparta Rotterdam and FC Groningen, Faber was part of the PSV team for 12 years, winning four Eredivisie titles, a KNVB Cup and four Johan Cruijff Shields. After his active career, Faber has held numerous positions as a trainer in both the youth and professional fields. Among other things, he won the Dutch Cup at PSV in 2011 and the championship title at NEC and FC Groningen in 2015. Since 2018, Faber has been active as head of the young talent department at PSV.

Oliver Fritsch

Oliver Fritsch

Oliver Fritsch

Sportredakteur, ZEIT ONLINE

Oliver Fritsch, Jahrgang 1971, ist Sportredakteur von Zeit Online und Autor der Zeit. Seine Schwerpunkte sind Sportpolitik und Fußballanalysen. Er ist Gründer von hartplatzhelden.de, dem Videoportal für Amateurfußball.

Cathrin Gilbert

Cathrin Gilbert

Cathrin Gilbert

Responsible Editor Soccer Department, DIE ZEIT

As Political Editor of DIE ZEIT Cathrin Gilbert has established the weekly football page for which she is still in charge. After a traineeship with BILD, the sports journalist worked for seven years with SPIEGEL. She organises the ZEIT Cup Night on the eve of the German cup final in Berlin.

John Gleasure

John Gleasure

John Gleasure

Chief Business Development Officer, DAZN Group

John was one of the founders of Perform and has led DAZN to become one of the fastest growing media companies in the world. Over the past 14 years, John has overseen commercial partnerships and rights relationships that have fuelled its international expansion across the globe. He has over 25 years’ experience within the Sports, Entertainment and Music business having previously spent time at Sky Sports, EMI Records, Hutchison Whampoa and Sony Pictures.

Axel Hellmann

Axel Hellmann

Axel Hellmann

Member of the Executive Board, Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG

Axel Hellmann studied law in Würzburg, Bristol and Berlin. After international mandates in England and the U.S. he worked as a lawyer and partner at corporate law firm Winterstein Rechtsanwälte in Frankfurt from 2005 – 2012. At the same time, he worked as Vice President and Managing Director of the Executive Board of Eintracht Frankfurt e.V. from 2001 – 2012 and was a supervisory board member of Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG from 2003 – 2012. Since 01.06.2012 he is a member of the Executive Board of Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG.

Thomas Hitzlsperger

Thomas Hitzlsperger

Member of the Board, VfB Stuttgart AG; former German national football player

Thomas Hitzlsperger was born in Munich in 1982 and performed as a professional footballer in England, Germany and Italy. In 2007 he won the German National League, achieved third place with his team in the 2006 world cup and became the runner up in the 2008 European Championship.
Currently Thomas Hitzlsperger is the head of sport of VfB Stuttgart where he fomerly officiated as director of the youth training center, as well as a member of the board – since 2017, the 52-time national player has been involved as a DFB ambassador for diversity.

Sebastian Kehl

Sebastian Kehl

Head of Professional Football, Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA

Sebastian Kehl is a former German National soccer player. From 2002 to 2015 he was under contract with Borussia Dortmund, won three German Championships, the Cup in 2012 and played in two European Cup finals. During his national career for Germany he was runner-up with the national team in 2002 and third in 2006. Following his (active) sports career, Kehl worked for the German television broadcaster ZDF as a TV expert from 2016 to 2018 and continued his further education at various levels: He completed a management degree at UEFA, gained valuable professional knowledge at the DFB and the DFL and obtained certain Coaching Licenses. Since summer 2018 he has been the Head of Professional Football at Borussia Dortmund. Kehl also supports the Roterkeil.net project, which fights against child prostitution.

Robert Mueller von Vultejus

Robert Müller von Vultejus

Robert Müller von Vultejus

Managing Director, Lagardère Sports Germany GmbH

Robert Müller von Vultejus, Jahrgang 1969, ist Geschäftsführer der Lagardère Sports Germany GmbH. Zusätzlich zu seinen Aufgaben als Geschäftsführer im deutschen Markt leitet Müller von Vultejus die Business Development Europe Unit. Die Unit, bestehend aus internationalen Experten, ist für die Identifizierung und Umsetzung europäischer- und geschäftsfeldfeldübergreifender Wachstumsprojekte verantwortlich.

Robert Müller von Vultejus studierte Sportökonomie an der Universität Bayreuth. 1994 schloss er sein Studium ab und startete im selben Jahr seine berufliche Laufbahn bei UFA Sports GmbH als Manager in der Medienrechtevermarktung. Von 1997-2002 verantwortete Müller von Vultejus, als Mitglied der Geschäftsführung, das europaweite Fußballgeschäft. Im Jahr 2002 wurde er Geschäftsführer der Sportfive GmbH und leitete das Deutschlandgeschäft des Unternehmens. Im Zuge eines Managements Buy outs und dem damit verbundenen Einstieg des Privat Equity Unternehmens Advent International wurde er Mitglied des Executive Boards und übernahm 2004 die Verantwortung für das weltweite Medienrechte Geschäft. Im Dezember 2007 verließ Robert Müller von Vultejus die Sportfive Gruppe und gründete 2008 zusammen mit ehemaligen hochrangingen Sportfive Mitarbeitern die neue UFA Sports GmbH, heutige U! Sports GmbH. Die UFA Sports GmbH wurde 2015 von der Lagardère Sports Gruppe gekauft und gehört seitdem zum globalen Netzwerk von Lagardère Sports and Entertainment.

Neben seiner Rolle als Managing Director der Lagardère Sports Germany GmbH ist Robert Müller von Vultejus weiterhin Geschäftsführer der U! Sports GmbH.

Moritz Müller-Wirth

Moritz Müller-Wirth

Moritz Müller-Wirth

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, DIE ZEIT

Moritz Müller-Wirth, born in 1963 in Karlsruhe, has been Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the weekly newspaper Die ZEIT since January 2011. In addition, he took over the position of Editor-in-Chief at Feuilleton from 2011 to 2013. The trained bookseller and publisher studied Politics and History in Freiburg, Munich and Rome, Italy. After three years of working at the “Focus“, Müller-Wirth continued his career in Berlin, writing for the “Tagesspiegel” between 1994 and 1999. Leaving the publishing house after two years as Deputy Head of the Culture department, he became the Feuilleton Correspondent of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“ until 2001. Shortly after, his career at Die ZEIT began, where he led the department Reisen/Leben (Travel/Life) for three years before becoming a member of the editorship in 2004. In 2015 he was awarded “Journalist of the year” (Sport Section) by medium magazine for his work with the former football player Thomas Hitzelsberger. Müller-Wirth is co-author of “Führungsspiel – Menschen begeistern, Teams formen, Siegen lernen“ that he wrote with Bernhard Peters and Hans-Dieter Hermann.

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Lisa Ramuschkat

Lisa Ramuschkat

Host and Social Media Editor, SPORT1

Lisa Ramuschkat has been a host and social media editor at SPORT1 since 2014. She is currently presenting “Split It”, the only live interview format on Instagram in the German-speaking region in which she hosts well-known professional soccer players. She is also a member of the on-air team for the weekly SPORT1 YouTube format “Transfermarkt-Show”. Born in Hamburg, she is also active as a field presenter at DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga for the international broadcasters and as an event presenter. Lisa Ramuschkat studied communication science and psychology in the Bachelor in Munich as well as sports, business and communications in the master course of studies in in Munich and in San Diego, California.

Marcel Schaefer

Marcel Schäfer

Marcel Schäfer

Sporting Director, VfL Wolfsburg

Marcel Schäfer played for the VfL Wolfsburg between 2007 and 2017. During this time he won the German Championship (2009), the German Cup (2015) and the German Supercup (2015). He was also called up to the national team during this period. In March 2017 he realized his dream and went to Florida (USA) with his family. There he played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and also did extensive management training in various areas. He returned to Wolfsburg in July 2018, and since then he has been working as sporting director for the VfL.

Christian Seifert

Christian Seifert

Christian Seifert

Managing Director, DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH

Christian Seifert is CEO of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH for which he has been working since 2005. Moreover, he is a member of the Presidential Council of DFL e.V. and Vice President of the German Football Federation. Since 2018 he has also been Chairman of the World League Forum.

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Maria Teixidor i Jufresa

Maria Teixidor i Jufresa

Maria Teixidor i Jufresa

Secretary of the Board of Directors, FC Barcelona

Maria Teixidor (Barcelona, 8 October 1975; member 45.277) is a graduate in law from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and she is a lawyer, mediator and businesswoman in the LegalTech sector. She has developed her career as an advisor to cultural companies, publishers, foundations, associations and technological start-ups, also specialising in the area of alternative conflict resolution, again, on-line. Partner in BCN RESOL ODR SOLUTIONS, S.L, she created the first application for detecting bullying and mediation in schools. She is also a director of MPD – Modelo de Prevención de Delitos, S.L., which designs, produces and implements a model for the prevention of crime.
After the elections of 18 July 2015, Teixidor joined the FC Barcelona Board of Directors as vice-secretary. In October 2015 she was nominated vice president and secretrary of the FC Barcelona Foundation, positions she held until December 2017 when she assumed new responsibilities in the Club’s sporting area. On 11 February she is named secretary of the Board of Directors.
Currently, she is responsible for Women’s Football (since January 2018); President of the Club Control and Transparency Commission (from September 2017); as well as President of the Grup Edelmira Calvetó (from January 2017, member since October 2015) which is an entity set up by the Board with the intention of reclaiming the legacy of the role of women in FC Barcelona’s history and as members, promote women’s participation at the club and debate the role of women in sport. As a director, she oversees activities related to children and to older people such as the FCB Senate and the Casal de l’Avi. She also represents the Club at the Women and Sport Working Group that forms part of the Barcelona City Council’s Municipal Committee for Sport.
Since May 2017 she has been a member of the United Nations Association and from March 2018 she has a member of the 50a50 Association which acts as a lobby to promote women’s representation all spheres of influence in society, advancing women’s participation and equality in decision making bodies in all areas. Previously, in 2013-16, she was a board member of the Secció de Tecnologies de la Informació de l’Il·lustre Col·legi de l’Advocacia in Barcelona.

Stefan Thiele

Stefan Thiele

Stefan Thiele

Consultant, Egon Zehnder International GmbH

Stefan Thiele provides a range of services including executive and board search, leadership development, and leadership consulting. He is active in Egon Zehnder’s global Industrial Practice, with a focus on energy, and sport management. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Stefan was Managing Director and CEO for various companies. Stefan has an MSc from the Technical University of Aachen, with a focus on energy economics.

Joerg Wacker

Jörg Wacker

Jörg Wacker

Executive Board Member Internationalization and Strategy, FC Bayern Munich AG

Since July 2013, Jörg Wacker has been responsible for Internationalization and Strategy and, since November 2015 also for Merchandising and Licenses at FC Bayern München AG. Wacker is also member of the Advisory Board of FC Bayern München LLC and Chairman of the Board of FC Bayern Munich (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.. Since December 2016 Jörg Wacker has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of Bundesliga International GmbH.

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Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott

President and Deputy Commissioner, Major League Soccer

The architect of Major League Soccer’s business plan, Mark Abbott was named president and deputy commissioner of Major League Soccer on June 19, 2013. He has been instrumental in many of the League’s accomplishments since he became the organization’s first employee in 1993, three years before MLS’ first season. As president and deputy commissioner, he leads and manages all areas of League operations and competition, including product strategy, player relations, strategic planning and communications. Abbott also leads a new business development group to address new areas of opportunity for the League and Soccer United Marketing.

Along with MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Abbott is the league’s primary contact in discussions with potential investors and expansion cities.

Abbott was the principal author of the League’s business plan, ultimately approved by FIFA as a legacy of World Cup USA 1994, the most successful World Cup in history. He played a primary role in creating the League’s structure and negotiating with the initial investor-operator group.

As the League’s senior vice president of business affairs, he played a key role in the launch of MLS in 1996, earning the League the “Sports Industrialist of the Year” award from the Sports Business Daily industry publication. Abbott was promoted to chief operating officer in 1997 and became MLS president in 2006. He was named to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in both 2001 and 2002.

Prior to joining MLS, Abbott practiced law as an associate of MLS Founder Alan I. Rothenberg with Latham & Watkins, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and commercial law.

Abbott earned his law degree in 1989 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Abbott was the Managing Editor of the California Law Review. Abbott is a 1986 graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Foreign Service degree in international economics, cum laude, and an honors certificate in international business diplomacy.

Christoph Biermann

Christoph Biermann

Christoph Biermann

Sportjournalist; Kolumnist, 11FREUNDE

Christoph Biermann ist deutscher Sportjournalist und Buchautor überwiegend im Bereich Fußball. Seit 2004 ist er Kolumnist für das Monatsmagazin 11FREUNDE und dort Mitglied der Chefredaktion. In der Radiosendung 1LIVE Elfer kommentiert der Berliner montagabends den abgelaufenen Bundesligaspieltag.

Fredi Bobic

Fredi Bobic

Fredi Bobic

Vorstand Sport, Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG

Fredi Bobic, Jahrgang 1971, ist ein ehemaliger Fußballprofi und seit dem 1. Juni 2016 Sportvorstand beim Fußball-Bundesligisten Eintracht Frankfurt. In seiner aktiven Zeit spielte er u.a. für Borussia Dortmund, Hannover 96 und Hertha BSC. Für die Nationalmannschaft absolvierte er zwischen 1994 und 1998 sowie 2002 und 2004 37 Spiele. Seit dem 14. Oktober 2012 fungiert er als LAUREUS-Botschafter und Schirmherr von KICKFORMORE.

Jochen Breyer

Jochen Breyer

Jochen Breyer

Moderator, »Das aktuelle Sportstudio«, ZDF

Jochen Breyer ist eines der bekanntesten Gesichter der Sportberichterstattung im deutschen Fernsehen. Er moderiert seit 2013 die legendäre Sendung „Das Aktuelle Sportstudio“ im ZDF, dazu war er sechs Jahre lang Host der Champions League Abende im ZDF an der Seite von Oliver Kahn. Im Sommer 2018 moderierte er als Anchor die Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft im ZDF

Jochen Breyer ist jedoch nicht auf die Sportberichterstattung festgelegt. Der studierte Politikwissenschaftler moderiert seit 2011 das ZDF-Morgenmagazin und dreht seit einigen Jahren gesellschaftspolitische Reportagen.

Als Moderator privater Events wird er für Podiumsdiskussionen, Foren, Kongresse und Gala-Abende gebucht – besonders gerne in den Bereichen Sport und Politik.

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Thomas Fuhrmann

Thomas Fuhrmann

Thomas Fuhrmann

Leiter, ZDF-Hauptredaktion Sport

Thomas Fuhrmann ist seit Februar 2017 Leiter der ZDF-Hauptredaktion Sport, in deren Verantwortungsbereich die Redaktionen »Das aktuelle Sportstudio«, »ZDF SPORTreportage«, »ZDF SPORTextra«, »ZDF-SPORTtäglich « und ZDF SPORT.de fallen. Davor war er bereits in verschiedenen Leitungsfunktionen für das ZDF tätig, u.a. als Leiter des ZDF-Morgenmagazins.

Christian Gruber

Christian Gruber

Christian Gruber

Senior Director Client Sales und Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung, SPORT1 MEDIA

Christian Gruber war vor seinem Wechsel zu SPORT1 MEDIA Geschäftsführer bei der Layenberger Nutrition Group und von 2014 bis Mai 2017 Geschäftsführer Marketing und Kommunikation beim Sportwettanbieter Tipico. Der studierte Jurist und Germanist blickt auf über zwölf Jahre in der Kommunikation und im Marketing für die Fußballklubs 1. FC Köln, VfL Bochum 1848 und 1. FC Kaiserslautern zurück.

Mike Hanke

Mike Hanke

Mike Hanke

Fußballprofi, TuS 1910 Wiescherhöfen

Mike Hanke, Jahrgang 1983, ist ein deutscher Fußballspieler. Seine Profikarriere begann er im Alter von 17 Jahren beim FC Schalke 04, bevor er zur Saison 2005/06 zum VfL Wolfsburg wechselte. Von 2005 bis 2007 war Hanke weiterhin Teil der deutschen Nationalmannschaft.
Zur Saison 2007/08 wurde er zu Hannover 96 geholt, hier blieb er bis zu seinem Vertragsende, bevor er anschließend zur Winterpause der Saison 2010/11 zu Borussia Mönchengladbach wechselte. Nachdem er von 2013 bis 2014 Teil der Fußballmannschaft des SC Freiburg war, wechselte er zum Juli 2014 zum chinesischen Erstligisten Guizhou Renhe. Hier blieb er bis zur Beendigung seiner sportlichen Karriere im Dezember 2014.

Hanke ist Investor und Gesellschafter eines Fußball-Lifestyleportals für Profifußballspieler, Fans und Marken namens tivela.com. Seit 2012 ist er mit seiner langjährigen Freundin verheiratet, sie haben zwei gemeinsame Kinder. Im Februar 2018 schloss sich Hanke seinem Jugendverein TuS 1910 Wiescherhöfen an, bei dem er 1989 erstmals mit dem Fußballspielen begonnen hatte.

Jens Hilgers

Jens Hilgers

Jens Hilgers

Co-Founder, BITKRAFT Esports Ventures Management GmbH

Jens is a Founding Partner of BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, the world’s first dedicated esports investment fund. He is also Co-founder and Chairman G2 Esports, as well as Co-Founder and CEO of DOJO Madness, the leading esports data analytics startup.

Widely considered one of the godfathers of esports, Jens launched his first esports online services in 1997 and founded ESL in 2000. As ESL’s CEO for ten years, Jens grew the company into the world’s most prestigious esports brand and, along with it, paved the way for esports to go mainstream. In 2015, international entertainment company, MTG, acquired a majority stake in ESL, marking the first acquisition of an esports company by a traditional media organization.

Philip Holzer

Philip Holzer

Philip Holzer

Mitglied des Aufsichtsrats, Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG; ehem. Partner und Co-Head, Goldman Sachs DACH

Philip Holzer studierte Betriebswirtschaftslehre und war lange als Investmentbanker in New York, London und Frankfurt tätig, zuletzt als Vorstand und Co-Chef von Goldman Sachs Deutschland, Österreich und Schweiz. Heute ist der gebürtige Frankfurter als Unternehmer tätig. Seit 2010 ist Phillip Holzer Mitglied des Aufsichtsrates beim Bundesligisten Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG.

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Alexander Jobst

Alexander Jobst

Alexander Jobst

Mitglied des Vorstands, FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V.

Alexander Jobst studierte Sportökonomie an der Universität Bayreuth und stieg direkt nach seinem Studienabschluss im Jahr 2000 als Sponsoring Manager bei der Siemens AG ein.
Nach fünfjähriger Tätigkeit bei der Siemens AG bekleidete Alexander Jobst ab 2005 als erster Ausländer bei Real Madrid die Position des „Head of International Development“, bevor er im Jahr 2007 als Head of Sales zur Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) wechselte. Seit 2011 ist er mittlerweile als Vorstandsmitglied beim FC Schalke 04 tätig und verantwortet das Ressort Marketing.
Der Universität Bayreuth ist er treu geblieben: seit 2010 ist Alexander Jobst Mitglied des Wirtschaftsbeirats für den Alumniverein der Sportökonomie an der Uni Bayreuth.

Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm

ehemaliger Fußballprofi, Fußballweltmeister und Investor

Philipp Lahm ist einer der weltweit renommiertesten Fußballspieler: Er war von 2004 bis 2014 deutscher Nationalspieler und führte die Mannschaft als Kapitän 2014 in Brasilien zum Weltmeistertitel. Von 2011-2017 war er Kapitän des FC Bayern München, der 2013 das Triple aus Deutscher Meisterschaft, DFB-Pokal und Champions League gewann.
Er ist Ehrenspielführer der deutschen Fußball-Nationalmannschaft und Botschafter der Bewerbung des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes um die Ausrichtung der UEFA EURO 2024.
2007 gründete Philipp Lahm seine Stiftung für Sport und Bildung. Mit dieser ist er in Deutschland und Südafrika aktiv – hier geht es in allen Projekten um eine ganzheitliche und nachhaltige Erziehung.
Mittlerweile ist der Campus Bad Aibling das Herz der unternehmerischen Tätigkeiten von Philipp Lahm. Dort entwickelt er zusammen mit Experten und Partnern Strategien und Maßnahmen, die dazu beitragen sollen, seine beiden Unternehmen Sixtus und Schneekoppe agil und zukunftsfähig aufzustellen.

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Sven Mislintat

Sven Mislintat

Sven Mislintat

Chefscout, Arsenal Football Club Plc

Seit Dezember 2017 ist Sven Mislintat Chefscout des FC Arsenal. Zuvor begleitete er mehr als zehn Jahre lang den Aufstieg von Borussia Dortmund. Das »Diamantenauge« des BVB war zuletzt als Leiter der Abteilung Profifußball verantwortlich für Scouting, Analysen und technische Neuerungen.

Stefan Reinartz

Stefan Reinartz

Stefan Reinartz

Ehemaliger Fußballprofi; Mitgründer, Impect GmbH

Als Spieler bei Bayer Leverkusen und Eintracht Frankfurt war Stefan Reinartz zehn Jahre lang in der Bundesliga aktiv. 2016 beendete er seine Fußballer-Karriere und wurde Geschäftsführer der Impect GmbH, die er schon 2015 mit Jens Hegeler gegründet hatte. Sie bietet Spielanalysen für Medien und Vereine an.

Christian Seifert

Christian Seifert

Christian Seifert

Geschäftsführer, DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH

Christian Seifert ist Geschäftsführer der DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH. Darüber hinaus ist er Mitglied im Präsidium des DFL e.V. und Vizepräsident des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes (DFB).
Zuvor war Christian Seifert Vorstandsvorsitzender der KarstadtQuelle New Media AG, wo er u.a. das damalige DSF (heute SPORT1) und die Merchandisingrechte an der FIFA WM 2006 erwarb sowie das Engagement des Unternehmens im Bereich E- und TV-Commerce forcierte. Bei MTV Networks war der gebürtige Badener zuvor von 1998 bis 2000 als Direktor Marketing in Zentraleuropa für Endkunden- und Eventmarketing sowie neue Medien zuständig, nachdem er bei der MGM Media Gruppe München von 1995 bis 1998 zum Leiter Produkt Management aufgestiegen war.
Als Geschäftsführer ist Christian Seifert verantwortlich für die operative und strategische Führung der DFL, für die er seit 2005 tätig ist. Seitdem wurden mehr als zehn Milliarden Euro an Medienerlösen erzielt. Seit der Saison 2005/06 ist eine Steigerung von 287 Prozent zu verzeichnen. Die DFL gilt mit ihren Tochterunternehmen unter anderem im Bereich der Stadionproduktion und Datenerhebung sowie dem weltweit größten Fußballarchiv heute als eine der angesehensten professionellsten Sport-Organisationen der Welt.

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Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan

Vorsitzender und COO, Fox Networks Group

Brian Sullivan is President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Networks Group (FNG). In this position, he has a broad operational role across FNG and directly oversees revenue and distribution for the Fox Television Group, FX, FOX Sports and National Geographic Partners. Sullivan joined 21st Century Fox in June 2015 as President & COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group, where he led digital strategy for all FNG’s network brands, drove growth across FNG’s portfolio of authenticated streaming products, and harnessed digital opportunities around data, monetization and ad serving. In that role, Sullivan oversaw the introduction of a new streaming experience allowing live and on-demand viewing of FNG cross-network programming across all its authenticated apps including the first live primetime broadcast on an app in more than 200 markets nationally, and the first local ad insertion. Sullivan has served as a member of the Hulu Board of Directors since 2016, and joined the Board of Directors for National Geographic Partners in 2018. Sullivan a native of Philadelphia, previously spent nearly two decades in Europe in a variety of leadership roles in the pay TV arena. Before joining Fox, Mr. Sullivan was CEO of Sky Deutschland, Germany’s top pay TV provider, leading it through one of Europes largest ever media turnarounds and into an unprecedented period of growth, with the service’s customer base increasing almost 70% during his tenure. Previously, he spent 14 years at BSkyB, most recently as Managing Director of BSkyB’s Customer Group, using a specific focus on customers and innovation to help launch the original Sky Digital service, as well as Sky+, Sky HD, Sky Broadband and Sky Go, and driving the business to over 10 million customers. Earlier, Mr. Sullivan held various roles in the pay TV industry in the U.S., including time spent at Viacom’s Showtime Networks. He attended Villanova University, is married and has three children.

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Konstantin Winkler

Konstantin Winkler

Konstantin Winkler

Moderator, Sport 1

Konstantin Winkler moderiert verschiedene Esports-Formate auf SPORT1. Unter anderem kommentierte er die Weltmeisterschaft in “FIFA 18”, den FIFA eWorld Cup, live aus London. Auch beim Finale der TAG HEUER Virtuellen Bundsliga kam er zum Einsatz und war zudem Kommentator der ESL One 2017 in “Dota 2” auf SPORT1.

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Guest Management

Location

Villa Kennedy
Kennedyallee 70
60596 Frankfurt am Main

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